On November 22, Wendel Clark's #17 will be raised to the rafters as the team honours its former captain and arguably the most popular player in franchise history.
In the lead up to that night, Down Goes Brown will feature a countdown of Wendel's Top 17 Greatest Moments.
I have a dilemma.
On the one hand, any list of Wendel Clark's greatest moments has to include some of his patented knockouts. On the other hand, there are so many to choose from, and they all start to blend together after a while. Let's face it, if I included every fight that involved Wendel Clark destroying somebody, this list would be a top 17,000.
Put it this way: I ran a search for "wendel +clark +leafs +fight +ko +beating +'opponent ends up twitching on ice' ", and Google came back with "Too many results. Please try something with fewer results, such as 'porn'."
So choosing just one generic beatdown to represent all the others is a daunting task. But for whatever reason, this one against David Mackey always stuck with me.
By the way, for pure comedy purposes be sure to check out this link to the exact same fight as called by the North Stars play-by-play team. Even as Mackey's corpse is being dragged off the ice, they still insist he did pretty well and can't figure out why the fans are cheering.
Incidentally, the Mackey fight is often confused with a separate North Stars scrap vs. Bob Brooke, which is the infamous fight where Clark ends up on top of the guy and beats him to death. Here's a video of that fight, apparently rendered on a Commodore 64:
Note the way Clark gives him a few mild shots, almost daring him to take a swing. When Brooke does, Clark is on him right away. By the third punch, Brooke's widow had already remarried and moved on with her life.
And finally, here's a fight with the similarly named David Maley. Different guy. Different team. Same result.